Miami second baseman Dee Gordon has been traded to the Seattle Mariners for three prospects in an agreement that marks the start of the Marlins' final payroll purge, this time under new CEO Derek Jeter.
The Marlins want to cut their payroll by more than 20 percent to $ 90 million or less, which is why JL MVP Giancarlo Stanton is also in the trade bloc.
Seattle has eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano at second base and is expected to move Gordon to center field. While Gordon never played as a center in the majors, the Mariners believe he can make the transition and fill perhaps the greatest need remaining among his position players.
Gordon, 29, hit .308 with 114 runs scored and an MLB stop 60 bases stolen for the Marlins in 2017.
Miami acquired right-hander Nick Neidert, the No. 2 Mariners prospect, along with the player of the picture Chris Torres and the right Robert Dugger. Seattle gets an international bonus of group allocation of signatures, increasing the amount that Japanese star pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani can offer. (AP)
The Cubs sign Chatwood • The Chicago Cubs took their first important step to address their initial pitching by signing free agent Tyler Chatwood with a three-year $ 38 million contract.
Chatwood, 27, is 40-46 with two saves and a 4.31 ERA in 130 Major League appearances, including 113 starts, with the Angels (2011) and the Rockies (2012-14, 2016-17). (Chicago Tribune)
Elsewhere in sports:
Mizzou volleyball meets the No. 1 Penn State • The team Missouri volleyball continues to play in the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the Regional University Park in State College, Pa., where the Tigers (22-11) will face the No. 1 Penn State (31-1) at 1 pm de San Luis The match will be broadcast live on ESPNU. The winner advances to the last eight of the national tournament. The winner meets the winner of Michigan State-Illinois on Saturday. Mizzou has a 0-5 record against Penn State and his last meeting with the Nittany Lions in 2006. The Tigers are making their fourth appearance in the round of 16 and previously came here in 2005, 2010 and 2016. (Dave Matter)  Four Mizzou players are part of the SEC All-Freshman team • Four Missouri soccer players were part of the SEC All-Freshman team, including three key players in Mizzou's offense: the Trystan Castillo center, the tight end Albert Okwuegbunam and running back Larry Rountree III, who made the team both multiplayer and return specialist. Defensive end Tre Williams also made the team. Castillo started all 12 games for the Tigers after winning a pre-season competition. He anchored a line that allowed the least number of collisions of losses in the SEC, only 34. Only the Army allowed less in all university football. Okwuegbunam was selected by the SEC's second team by both league coaches and the AP media voting panel after leading the league with 11 touchdown receptions in his 25 receptions for 372 yards. Rountree, the second MU runner for the second half of the season and the team's leading kickback specialist, led the Tigers in total yards with 1,106, averaging 92.2 per game and 8.2 yards per game. He ran for the third fastest yard for a freshman in Mizzou's history, 629 yards on 112 carries. He also had 21 kickoff laps for 457 yards. Williams joined the defensive line rotation midway through the year and finished with 16 tackles, four behind the scrimmage line and three sacks. (Dave Matter)
Nbadar turns 60 • A judge sentenced Larry Nbadar, a former Olympic gymnastics doctor and former instructor at Michigan State University, to 60 years in prison on Thursday for federal crimes child badgraphy The sentence, issued by a judge in Grand Rapids, Michigan, says that Nbadar, 54, will probably spend the rest of his life in prison. (Washington Post)
UFC debut in St. Louis • Tickets go on sale on Friday for UFC Fight Night, which will take place on Sunday, January 14 at Scottrade Center. The first UFC card in St. Louis will feature No. 8 Jeremy Stephens vs. No. 12 Dooho Choi in featherweight, No. 11 Uriah Hall vs. No. 12 Vitor Belfort at middleweight and Paige VanZant against Jessica Rose-Clark at the new UFC women's flyweight division.
The rest of the card is loaded with UFC contenders and prospects.
The event will be broadcast live on FS1.
Tickets, from $ 60- $ 150, are available online at www.ticketmaster.com and at the Scottrade Center box office. (Joe Lyons)
Ambush to host Milwaukee • Still looking for their first Major Arena Soccer League season win, St. Louis Ambush (0-6) hosts the Milwaukee Wave (5-0) at a 7:35 pm match on Friday at Family Arena in St. Charles. (Joe Lyons)
SIUE women fall to C. Michigan • The South Edwardsville women's basketball team lost at home to Central Michigan 94-56 on Thursday night. Cbadie Breen scored 20 points to lead Central Michigan (7-1). Lauren White scored 14 and Donshel Beck 13 for SIUE (3-4). (News Services)